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College Football Report: Oklahoma vs. Ohio State

NORMAN, OK (KSWO) - Saturday night gave Oklahoma a second chance to prove they belonged among college football's elite. Instead the Sooners showed just how far off they really are.

“Our football team, I take responsibility. Not near good enough in a big game,” states Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. “Sorry to disappoint the fans and not give them, I would never say a better effort. That's not the case. We just need to play better in a lot of areas. And that's what I take responsibility for.”

Failure on fourth down. It was the story of the first quarter for Oklahoma. On three key fourth down situations, the Sooners missed a field goal, gave up a long touchdown, and saw an interception returned for a touchdown.

“Hit a bad ball. Which leads to, he hit a horrible punt, And then the next drive or two, we're had a 50-yard field goal, and I went for it on fourth down because I didn’t feel like he was in any confidence or shape to go for it. And we'd all convert it. So everything just kind of snowballs together. And some of it just gets to our basic execution. Where I feel there's opportunities there we can do it. And we just have to do a better job getting it done,” explains Stoops.

Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley says, “You know it's going to be a tough game. You know it's a great opponent. And to have such a golden opportunity to get points, to get momentum, and tonight to get it done on our end and special teams end of it. It's disappointing because you know that you're going to need every inch that you can get. And when you have that great of a drive against great competition, you've got to get paid at the end.”

The Ohio State defense, playing with a little extra motivation thanks to some bulletin board material provided by OU back-up quarterback Austin Kendall, dominated the game. The Buckeyes picked off Mayfield twice, sacked him three times and consistently punished his receivers.

“We knew coming in they were good across the board. I mean, they proved that. They were good and it was kind of like we said coming in,” says Riley. “We played well, which we had some stretches where we, we had some stretches where, I know nobody probably wants to hear this now, we did some things better than we did all year. Some big improvements. But when we didn’t play well, we were a little bit off, they made us pay.”

The Ohio State offense, led by Lawton native and Wichita Falls Rider product J.T. Barrett, also had a big night. Barrett tossed four touchdown passes, all to Noah Brown as the buckeyes further exposed OU's weakness at corner opposite of Jordan Thomas.

“I guess not coached well enough and not athletic enough or skilled enough to put themselves in a position, technique, whatever it may be. You know, you can name any of them. I didn't say it was on any one of them. It's all of it together. They've got to be able to make that play. I've seen other people around the country all make it. And we've got to find a guy that can do it,” says Stoops.

This loss will sting a while for OU. The Sooners are 1-2 for the first time since 2005. They won't return to the field until October first when they open Big 12 play at TCU.

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